Preliminary Final 1971 – St Kilda v Richmond: On being crucified

John Green recalls the 1971 season, when his beloved Tigers were cruelly bested by St Kilda at the final hurdle en route to the grand final – but were they robbed?

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 22 – West Coast v Essendon: A final memory

It was a watershed day out west in 2007 when Nathan Hollier watched the Eagles finish their home and away campaign. The story wasn’t on them, as the great Kevin Sheedy and James Hird both farewelled adoring fans.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 19 – Fremantle v Essendon: The Dockers’ redemption run

It was hard to know what to expect from an underperforming Fremantle in 2007. Les Everett nervously watched as the Dockers faced off against Kevin Sheedy and his Bombers.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 17 – Essendon v Adelaide: A win for Sheeds

The Dons may have gotten up in this 2007 clash with the Crows, but Christian Mooney left the old Telstra Dome gutted by the sacking of Kevin Sheedy.

1981 Revisited – Round 8: Somebody’s Knockin’

The Bombers finally strike form beating previously undefeated Collingwood in their Round 8 1981 clash reports Sam Steele as he continues his weekly review of the 1981 season. [Includes all six matches – Ed]

1981 Revisited – Round 5: Anzac Day ‘All those years ago’

Anzac Day 1981. Sam Steele takes footy fans back to Round 5 in his continuing series, ‘1981 Revisited…’.

2019 AFL Grand Final – GWS Giants’ coming of age with the old and the new

Brandon Erceg traces the development of the GWS Giants since 2012, explaining how they achieved their place in tomorrow’s Grand Final and why they deserve to be there.

Preliminary Final – Collingwood v GWS: Floreat Pica Society Report by Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor reports for the Floreat Pica Society, explaining how, in a scrappy preliminary final, it took a five-goal deficit to snap the Pies into action. At which point Frank put his pen and paper away because he was too busy yelling and screaming.

Martin Flanagan’s speech to the Grassroots Sports Club in Hobart, Spring 2019.

Martin Flanagan is one the country’s leading writers on Australian football. This is a timely speech about footy in Tassie which Martin gave in Hobart last weekend for the Grassroots Sports Club to raise money to buy sports equipment for disadvantaged kids.

WAFL – Bombers who have flown West

Inspired by the Bombers visit to Perth Stadium for their game against the Eagles Les Everett has come up with a fabulous team of Essendon players who have played footy in Western Australia. Can you add any more?

I was a teenage coach

Earl O’Neill responds to the sacking of Brendon Bolton in his usual salient and erudite manner.

Almanac Books – ‘Australian Football: The People’s Game 1958-2058’ by Stephen Alomes

The Almanac is happy to promote Stephen Alomes’ recent publication, ‘Australian Football: The People’s Game 1958-2058’. Stephen’s academic background blends with a conversationalist style to offer something for everyone with a love of the game.

The Thread’s Broken (RIP Sisto)

You need only be in Pellegrini’s for a moment to know Sisto loved his customers. This was obvious to everyone including Adam Fox as he reflects upon an icon within an icon.

A 200-Game Richmond Coach: Yes, Really!

In a big week at Tigerland, Stainless has penned an ode to the coach responsible for so much of the current Richmond story, Dimma (or Mr. Hardwick) ahead of game 200.

The Father of the Giants

Former Comms manager at the Giants, Nick Johnston got to see what a great people person Kevin Sheedy is. On the occasion of Sheeds’ elevation to Legend status, Nick remembers those early days at the Giants.

Round 11 – Essendon v Richmond: Dreams, legends, full circles and quick hands

Stainless ponders Kevin Sheedy’s legacy at both clubs during Dreamtime at the G.

Almanac Poetry: Number 10

Poet Stephen Whiteside has sent in his latest – which brings together Kevin Sheedy, Bluey Shelton and Ned Kelly.

Almanac Teams: A team of coaches

Phil Dimitriadis is at it again – this time with a mighty team of masterminds and motivators. Don’t THINK about checking out this team, DO check it out!

Almanac Teams – Terrific Tens

A perfect 10 is hard to beat (unless you’re in Spinal Tap), so it goes without saying that Phil Dimitriadis’ team of 10s would give any side a run for their money

The Best Coaches Are…

Wesley Hull reflects on coaching and coaches, describing the way he has crossed paths with some of the greats (Cerutty, Hafey, Sheedy) while explaining that as a coach he has never stopped searching and learning. [Super piece – Ed]